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Hamburger Funny Face Recipe – Quick, Easy and Cheap Family Dinner Favorite

We fix up a treat here in the Smith household that we all just like. They are kind of like a turnover with a sloppy Joe type mixture inside. We call them hamburger amusing faces.

You see back when I was a kid I had a somewhat eccentric cousin in Portland. Really I still do except she doesn’t live in Portland anymore, unless she’s went back. She has been somewhat hard to keep track of. Anyhow us kids just loved her. She was like a huge sister to my brother, my small sister and I. She used to have an apartment in the downtown area of the city and when I got ancient enough to get a car of my own I would occasionally go visit. It was always exciting to go see her because that particular section of Portland where she lived was home to many colorful type people. It was the day of the hippie and my cousin’s neighborhood was exclusively avant-garde third world style folks with beads, flowers and lots of hair and my cousin was quite at home there.

My cousin was also a very excellent cook and she would often fix up something for us kids when she came to visit or if we had a family picnic or something. Our favorite and the most requested dish in her repertoire was hamburger amusing faces. They are tasty and a fun way to get the kids to eat something other than peanut butter and jelly or hot dogs. Anyway there are a couple of different ways we can go. We can make the before or after enlightenment type hamburger amusing faces. The before style my cousin used to fix before going off to college which uses white flour for the outside bun type turnover part and ground beef on the inside. The after enlightenment recipe calls for fresh ground whole wheat on the outside and some kind of soy and veggie stuff on the inside. There is also a transitional period in my cousins life where she had switched to the fresh ground whole wheat but was not quite to the veggie stage of her life so she had substituted ground horse meat for ground beef. But this was just a small misguided faze she went through as the planets were in a peculiar alignment at that time.

Anyhow the white flour are the tastiest but the whole wheat with the hamburger (I have not quite reached the same level of enlightenment that my cousin has yet) are dreadful excellent too, and of course more nutritious and the kids woof down either kind. Recipe below.

Hamburger Amusing Faces

1 batch bread dough

2 lbs. hamburger

2 small cans tomato sauce

1 spaghetti packet

Onion, garlic, salt and pepper, other veggies and seasonings optional.

Mix up bread dough and set aside to rise. Brown hamburger in a small oil. I like to add some chopped onion and garlic and sauté with the hamburger. Once this meat mixture is thoroughly browned reduce the heat and add tomato sauce and most of the seasoning packet, plus salt and pepper. Grab a roll sized part of bread dough and flatten into a circle shape. Place a generous spoonful of meat mixture on one end of the circle and fold over the remainder of the dough and seal the edges. Place on greased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Poke holes with a fork for the eyes and then poke holes for a smile. I made three full pizza pans full of these from one batch. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 18 minutes until pockets are browned on the top and bottom.

John Louis Smith has been a butcher for over thirty years. He is the author of Confessions of a Butcher-eat steak on a hamburger budget and save$$$. You can find more of his articles and recipes at all-about-meat.com all-about-meat.com and arkessentials.com arkessentials.com

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